Fast, slow and famous flock to Prescott Hill climb

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

There's one way to find grip on a cold and wet day!
More than 4000 motorcyclists flocked to Prescott for the fourth annual charity Bike Fest hill climb yesterday (Sunday) including a surprise celebrity appearance by Top Gear’s Richard Hammond.
Hammond joins a new motorcycling-based boy band. Nice braces.
The event, organised by the Severn Wheelers division of the National Association for Blood Bikes (NABB), saw everything from a replica of George Formby’s Shuttleworth Snap TT racer to an ex-Carlos Checa Desmosedici Ducati MotoGP bike being run up the hill.

Bike-mad Hammond was not officially booked for the event but lives nearby and is a big supporter of charities. What a nice fella. He rocked up for fun on a Norton Dominator and got stuck in, including jumping on the microphone in the commentary tower and getting a run up the hill in a Bugatti.

Organisers hope the event will make more than £35,000 for NABB and the Severn Freewheelers.

Festival organiser, Gordon Downie, said, “Prescott Bike Festival raises vital funds for the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, it’s the charity's biggest fundraising event of the year and we are delighted that it has become a firm annual fixture in the motorcycle calendar. We are hugely grateful to all the exhibitors, bike clubs, dealers, marshals, volunteers, sponsors and visitors who continue to support us and have helped make the event such a success. Next year the festival will be held on Sunday 12 April 2015”.

Here’s some of the best moments from yesterday’s event:

Former Loris Capirossi MotoGP bike made an appearance
Blood bike just like the ones used by the NABB making a run up the hill
It takes all sorts. You don't need a sports bike to run up the hill.
Legendary ex-David Jefferies TT-winning Suzuki prepares to make a run.
KTM Adventure makes a run trying not to ride off-road.
Shuttleworth Snap replica. Head down and on it at 30mph.
KTM Supermoto hoiks a fat one.
That's one way to get some heat in your tyres...

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